Swiss Role Models

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Last weekend the Swiss exercised some of their superb direct democracy and legislated for a new cap on asylum claims after a spike of new asylum requests.

Being completely free from the EU, the Swiss are allowed to legislate their own laws. The citizens initiative they use is a remarkable tool of democratic government.

Of course, our EU membership here limits the laws we can make. We could not, for instance, limit immigration from the EU.

The Swiss, however, can. They opted into the visa-free Schengen area and are free to get out of it. That’s democracy for you – and the only way for us to recover our democracy is to leave the EU. The Swiss people are in charge of Switzerland. It’s about time the British were in charge of Britain.

 

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